Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Dumas shows the money

Wind developers are working in the Dumas area. There are numerous small John Deere wind farms in the Dumas area and Valero is building 35 turbines nearby at Sunray, but someone needs to make sure they keep running.

That's why the Dumas Economic Development Corp. is planning to give Amarillo College $69,000 to offer classes for people wanting to be wind turbine technicians. Of course it's not just about working around Dumas, but there will be a need there and throughout the Panhandle as transmission lines connect the area to larger cities and really large wind farms spring up.

AC already offers the classes at its main campus, and Clarendon College has a similar program at its Childress campus.

There will be a check-presentation ceremony in Dumas at 4:30 p.m. on May 26 at the main entrance to the AC Moore County Campus, 1220 E. First Street. The money will help establish the Renewable Energy/Wind Technician Program aimed at giving students either academic or continuing education credits.

Courses will begin in the fall and registration has already started.

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